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Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1987-09-18

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Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1987-09-18

Topics Live concert

Hell In A Bucket-> Sugaree-> Walkin' Blues, Candyman, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Bird Song Shakedown Street-> Women Are Smarter-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Jam-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> All Along The Watchtower-> Morning Dew-> Good Lovin'-> La Bamba-> Good Lovin' E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Madison Square Garden
Location New York City, NY

Source Vault PCM Master->DAT.DAT->ZA2->Soundforge->.wav->mkw->SHN.Transfer and SHN by Joe Samaritano.


Vault PCM Master->DAT.
Transfer and SHN by Joe Samaritano.


Reviewer: samgodsey98 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2016
Subject: This is what its all about!
To me, this is what it is all about... Great energetic show!
Reviewer: ctrunk514 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2015
Subject: My favorite cassette from back in the day -514 -
No matter where I am or what I am doing this set specifically always brings a smile to my face … no matter what. I miss the old days for sure.

I would also love a digital copy of this so I can listen in my car.
Reviewer: Milty420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2015
Subject: Fantastic Dew
But I still think Rochester September 2 1980 is the best 1 after Cornell
Reviewer: Daddy D - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 17, 2015
Subject: The bus came by & I got on!
You know how a lot of people claim that their first Dead show was the best show they ever saw? Well in my case its true, because 9/18/87 was my first Dead show! What an introduction, & who could have ever guessed how one concert could alter the course of a persons life?!

At the time I was a freshman in college, & at the last minute a half dozen friends & I decided to fly to NYC (without tickets mind you) to see the Dead play MSG. Someone's father had an empty apartment we could stay in (to tell the truth I don'tt think we had permission to stay there, but oh well, not my problem) & someone else in the group knew someone who supposedly could get us tickets, so on a wing & a prayer we bought airline tickets & flew to NYC.

After dumping our stuff off at this unbelievably sweet pad, we cabbed it to MSG where we meet this guy (whom none of us have ever met before--turns out he's a friend of a friend's friend) who wants to sell us tickets for $25.00 each. Only one problem--the tickets he's trying to sell us are for some event held at the garden weeks ago! At that point I'm thinking that this whole thing is a scam, but this guy promises us that it's no problem, as long as we follow his instructions, which basically entails entering through this one particular entrance & saying the word to the ticket taker. Without tickets the whole trip is a bust, so we decide to give it a shot, & hesitantly hand the guy $150 & he gives us these week old tickets. As we approach the gate the guy told us to use, for reasons unknown to me, everyone else unanimously decides that I should be the one to go first, so with sweaty palms & a pounding heart I walk up to the ticket taker, hand him the ticket, say the magic word . . . and damn if he didn't rip it in half and let me in! WOOooHOOooo!!

To be honest, up to this point I wasn't overly crazy about the Dead. I owned American Beauty & Working Man's Dead (both of which I liked) & had listened to a couple of bootlegs, but I just didn't get it & didn'tt understand why some of my friends were so fanatical about the Dead. In fact, I distinctly remember telling one of my friends that, while I was looking forward to seeing them live, I couldn't imagine liking them as much as say, Neil Young, C,S,N&Y, or Van Morrison. He just patted me on the shoulder & said "We'll see..."

Before discussing the show, I have to say that the energy inside the Garden was tangible--the air was simply electric with excitement & anticipation. (I hadn't eaten my Dead show tic-tacs yet, so it wasn't my imagination!)

At the time, the first set didn't light my fuse, but truth be told I was probably paying as much attention watching the mass of dancing freaks & pretty girls as I was listening to the music--it was a case of sensory overload in the truest sense of the word. In listening to the concert now, however, I'm kicking myself that I wasn't paying more attention, as the Sugaree & Candyman are both excellent, with Garcia really going for it vocally.

Just before the second set started the chemicals in my bloodstream started to kick in, too--at the first few notes of Shakedown the crowd went Nuckin' Futs, & my personal metamorphosis began. In re-listening to this show (straight this time), I can't say that the first half of the second set is worthy of five stars. While I never saw a bad Terrapin, this one, while good, never really takes off & screams into the stratosphere like some did. Likewise, GDTRFB, while incredibly spirited and with great vocals, lacks the guitar work at the end to really jam it out. (For a truly smokin' GDTRFB, check out the last show I ever saw, Chapel Hill 3/24/93). FInally, is it just my imagination, or does Bobby start singing way too soon on Watchtower?

There there's the Morning Dew--what can I say that hasn't already been said? While perhaps not quite on the level as Cornell 77, it was damn well good enough for me, inasmuch as I pretty much had a religious experience & transformed into a total Deadhead virtually overnight. The La Bamba was a treat, and IMHO Knockin' an appropriate closer, especially for me, as personally I was nearing a state bordering on religious rapture.

Needless to say I didn't get a whole lot of sleep that night, but instead wandered around the streets of NYC trying to comprehend what I had just experienced--lots of questions asked but very few answers forthcoming.

The next night we did not get in, so instead I bought a bunch of tie dyed T-shirts from some tour-head, took them back to Georgia, sold them all within the week, doubled my money, & in doing so started a T-shirt business that bought my tickets & paid my way to 120+ Dead & JGB shows over the next five years. (Yea, I scammed my way into my first show, but I paid for all the rest.) As for those other bands I used to be into? Well, I still enjoy them (Van Morrison especially) but no one holds a candle to the good ol' Grateful Dead! Time of my life . . . what I would give to be able to do it all over again . . . "Never had such a good time in my life before . . . like to have it one time more . . . one good ride from start to end--I'd like to take that ride again! Again!"

Peace ya'll, & thanks for the ride. It's been a pleasure and an honor.
Reviewer: atheistdeadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 1, 2013
Subject: BOBBY!!
bobby totally flubs it on master piece.

great show. phils bass never ever lets me down.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 11, 2013
Subject: --
One of the most spectacular shows of '87, easily. Too many highlights to go into it - this is as good as they played this fall. That Morning Dew is worth all its accolades.
Reviewer: Row Jimmy 9 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2013
Subject: Far from uninspired
TheHag says below that the playing is "sloppy" and "uninspired". I must respectfully disagree. GDRTR -> Watchtower -> Dew -> Good Lovin' -> La Bamba -> Good Lovin' is absolutely inspiring.
Reviewer: Itmustabindacid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2013
Subject: My first Garden show!!
I'm not going to say much about this show....other than while it was only my 3rd show out of the dozens that will follow it still ranks as the best. It was a magical night. For those who spent a lot of time inside MSG grooving to the boys they all were acoustically perfect, even on an off night....even if you were chilling behind the stage(especially). MSG was always one of my favorite places to see the Dead. '87 was think that next month Garcia would invade the Lunt fontanne for 26 performances(I caught both Halloween shows:)a magical year words will never quite capture for me.
Reviewer: TheHag - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2012
Subject: overrated
Besides the dew, a very average, at times sloppy and uninspiring show. Top 30 at projects is kind of absurd in my mind. I would throw on, for example, 5-10 or 5-11-86 from frost before this one even!
Reviewer: 2dose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2012
Subject: Dew Me Fine
Great sound and worth the listen. Went to every MSG show from the 80's on. For the most part the Dead never played a really bad show at the Garden. The audience wouldn't let it happen and they knew it. This by far had the best version of Morning Dew played at the venue. Many have stated that they believe it was the best Dew ever. Well I'm not going there but the way Jerry belts out the Guess it doesn't matter part is truly spiritual and very moving indeed. I remember everybody around me looking at each other in amazement afterwards. Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention like some have already that the place was bouncing up and down and even seemed to be swaying at times. Good times for sure. I also agree with some of the reviewers that this show should be released. Dave's Picks please!!!
Reviewer: spikenyc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2009
Subject: Top 5 of MSG
I was at many Garden shows and this is one of the top 5.
The first set was nothing special but the second set.... OH MY!
I remeber the Garden bouncing on this night.
It was one of those nights when you were exiting the garden and people were still cheering in the stairwells and escaltors.
Fully satisfied!!
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2009
Subject: 9-18-87
Kick ass show. Great sound quality.
Reviewer: RFKROX - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2008
Subject: This Show Smokes!!
A couple of users from the MattMan Remaster soundboard review said this wasn't really a jammin' show.

Not a jammin’ show? Are you kidding me?? This show jams with the best of ‘em! When is a Madison Square Garden show not a jammin’ show? LOL That crowd knows how to rock and inspire the band to play better (like the Hampton crowds). You know you’re in for a treat when Weir starts the show by saying, “Hey Rocky…watch me levitate Garcia!” LOL Pretty funny… This show smokes! Hell in a Bucket sets the tone for this incredible night. The band is totally on! Just listen to Bobby’s vocals and Garcia’s guitar on the opener. Amazing! They just cruise right into Sugaree after that… Bird Song has the crowd in a mellow state frenzy with Garcia’s lazy guitar playing, while setting the stage for greater things to come. Gotta love Brent’s backup vocals and keyboards on this song.

The 2nd set gets all the accolades because the 1st set is rather short. However, every single song from this show is “right-on” from the beginning to the end. Anytime you start a set with Shakedown (as in 6-30-85, Merriweather, 2nd set), the crowd gets spoiled, big-time! By the way, the 6-30-85 Shakedown is one of the top 3 Shakedowns of all-time, IMHO. Terrapin is off-the-hook, as always. GDTRFB > Watchtower > Morning Dew > Good Lovin’ > La Bamba > Good Lovin > Heavens Door is absolutely ridiculous! Just sic, man… May be one of the best sequences ever for a set! In fact, this 2nd set is easily one of the best sets of all time!

The Dew is certainly one of the best Dews from the ‘80s…maybe of all time! The same could be said for Knocking on Heavens Door. Jerry elevates his vocals and guitar during the last 3 minutes of Dew like never before! Absolutely breathtaking!! Even Jerry’s singing in La Bamba is impressive. Okay, he’s no Lou Diamond Phillips (the actor from the movie, La Bamba), but Phillips’ air guitar ain’t no Garcia or Los Lobos, either! LOL

By the way, the video for Good Lovin’ > La Bamba > Good Lovin’ is on YouTube. Check it out! If you are a Good Lovin' freak like me, then you definitely need to check out the one from 11-1-79. My favorite to date! But this one is right up there…believe me!

Definitely download the MattMan Remaster of this show. Best sound quality out there!

Danny from Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.
East-Coast Deadhead

Reviewer: cazwonder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2008
Subject: Further Proof
Further Proof--Jerry is GOD! We miss you Jerry. Thank you...
Reviewer: danteitaliano - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2007
Reviewer: Michels24 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2007
Subject: happy 20th! :)
2 days after my first show. I must have listened to this second set once a week in my twenties. i still remember the tape cover.
Reviewer: Varnell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2007
Subject: Help with this one
I would love to listen to this show in the car, can anyone help me obtain a copy?

Reviewer: Sonshine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2007
Subject: Emotionally Draining Show!!!
Wow, The New York Fans were getting loved on this night!!!

I had to play this show in my car due to the awesome stereo available and the full sound. Anyway on my way to work this morning I got to Morning Dew. The show was great until this point. Then Jerry lays down a heartwrenching Dew. I was bawling by the end, hearing the crowd in the back whaling when Jerry belts out line after line. Then as I'm in the pit of Dispair, Jerry having made me feel like I've lost my whole family and "nothing really matters anymore..."

Then Good Lovin, La Bamba???? How can a band take you to hell and then make you smile within 5 minutes. Neeedless to say I walked into work and had to share. Awesome show. Is there a better dew out there? The emotion and Jerry's vocal strength was top notch.

I've been to at least 20 msg shows and they are always great shows. This one really delievers.

Not to mention Terrapin, Shakedown, all along the watchtower.

It hurst sooooo goood. Thanks Archive.
Reviewer: mcgannahan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2007
Subject: new to 80's
i've been safely gathering 60s and 70's dead boards from here, this is my first foray into 80's, so much to choose from, think i picked it because of la bamba,anyway from what i'm hearing pretty good show, worth the download. neat how they end it with knockin, such a downer, instead of like lovlight or some such uplifting tune. throwback to the 68 death dont's. long live this site, long live my hardrive, long live deadfreaks.
Reviewer: jkyzar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2007
Subject: One of all time FAVORITES!!!
Morning Dew still gives me chills.
Reviewer: Grateful Golfer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2007
Subject: Would Love to Have This One!!!
I used to have this show as an audience but, as in all tapes, time and excessive playing got the best of it. Does anyone have a SHN of this that they can burn me a copy? I'll be happy to offer what I stuff got in exchange: Several of Dick's Picks, the official releases (Nightfall of Diamonds, One from the Vault,Dozin at the Knick,etc) as well as some killer sounding boards from 74 and 90. At one point, I used to have alot of stuff on tape, but time wore them out or they were lent out and never returned. Ideally, I'd like to rebuild my collection on CD if I can. Contact me at
Reviewer: smi2les - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2007
Subject: Were is Bullwinkle
Had to pull out an old hissy tape for this one, but truely enjoy'd it. Nothing fancy just Good Ole' Grateful Dead. Now of to thr Moose Lodge for a Ice Tea.
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2007
Subject: 09-18-1987
One of the best shows of 1987. Not much to add to the discussion of this show. The big Garcia shows are as good as they get for that era, Morning Dew is definitely a great version (a perfect example of a version that may have a few "blue" notes, but the energy and effort make up for it)...5 stars for 1987...nice sounding source...I wish we could give halfs, cause I would really give it a 4.5
Reviewer: tolsen100 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2007
Subject: 1st time in NYC
Felt like I was on another planet! MSG was like a gaint space ship, and there were a million aliens buzzing around inside and out. I remember the building and roof bouncing throughout the night. The sound was penetrating!

Krissy, Pat, Derek and I made this trip from ME. Lots of stories with this show. One of my many great trips. Cheers, Todd
Reviewer: Oh My Dearest - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 1, 2006
Subject: It's all true.
To me an essential Dead show from any era. The real magic is in the second set the first ain't no slouch. People mention the Dew and for good reason. Jerry's just giving everything he has, both with his playing and singing. Take a listen.
Reviewer: computertela - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2006
Subject: Thanks!
Wish I were still able to get this one. Anyway, I just streamed the whole thing thanks to the reviews that I read, and it's amazing... hit me up at if someone has this to trade.
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2006
Subject: tad overrated
Had the post space portion of the show since high school and quite frankly think it's one of the best 45 mins of music I have heard the band play. However, thanks to this site I was able to check the whole show and the first set and pre drums portion are bit overrated. Not, bad, but nothing compared to the explosion that happens later.

Jbyron: I agree with your views on late 90's dead. You should ,however, check out the oakland '91 gigs for halloween. they follow Boston and are amazing. After that it's buyer beware
Reviewer: JByron - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 25, 2006
Subject: Clarifications......
How could Bobby possibly have been surprised at Jerry's "La Bamba?!?!" They had already played it and was planned.

I was at MSG this night, and it was in fact great. Whom ever reviewed this show for Deadbase, and one of the earlier posters get the Dew vocals wrong. Jerry's voice did not crack or hit any clunkers. He sang an improvised melodic deviation that just blew me away - it was perfect. I've never heard him sing that line in the same way on any Dew I'd ever seen or heard, before or since. Magnificent.

And I can't believe I just read someone say that the 90's were some of the best years for the Dead (outside of the MSG runs in '90 and '91). I can't listen to anything past Boston '91. After that, the Dead really were dead. My problem with Deadbase reviews and many on this site is that many posters rarely criticise or write a bad review. The Dead were magnificent on some nights, and plainly sucked on others (and I saw both ends of that spectrum).

And concerning the "Hey Rocky, watch me levitate Garcia" goof - it's a reference to something that they had done a few nights earlier on the Letterman show.

Jboy - why don't you transpose all of Gracia's solos? You're SO knowledgeable, I can't wait for your book to be released
Reviewer: Pubdef - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2006
Subject: Garden Greatness
I saw all the NYC shows this year, and this is likely my favorite. One of the previous posters mentioned that the Garden was "bouncing up and down". This was not a halucination, the Garden is actually a structure that is hanging by cables, and it was indeed bouncing up and down. The GDTRFB really rocks, and I always enjoyed this in the post Space slot because it could bring you back from the brink of maddness like no other. A great night in NYC for the boys.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2005
Subject: If not one of the longest, one of the finest from '87.
Easily one of the highest regarded shows of the 80's and possibly all-time. I've been looking forward to these moments for awhile now; let's party.
The band's had a day off to reenergize. Thirs show of five at MSG.
1st Set: Bobby, "Hey Rocky, watch me levitate Garcia." Something is scratchile mumbled back and the crowd applauds... Hmmm??? what just happened? "Hell" whines its way into existence. Jerry's already on his own trip; but the band's tight and in control. "Sugaree" is well-strung together and somewhat compelling, but isn;t an all-time version. Then again, Jerry's notes are strong and impressionable. Nice solo starting 7 in. "Walkin" still ain't blisterin' like it will in '89 and '90; however, for a fetus, it goes down smoothly. "Candyman"'s rather sadly pretty, but not one of the finest versions because it fails to haunt. "Masterpiece" is fine, fine, fine; hopefully optimistic. Combining the funereal tones of "Bird" and this nihilist play I'm reading, I'm feeling kinda low. A few clumsy yet instinctively plotted climaxes elevate this version. And that's it... :(

2nd Set: Admittedly, I have reveled in the glory of this set before. Yet this is the first time I've been able to blast it-loud...loud. Anyways, the opening few beats of "Shakedown" are cut off; the crowd exploded upon hearing the 'boom.' Except for a lull during the third verse, we're getting down, dirty and quite funky.
I kinda actually enjoy the crunchier/gritty/dirty AUD compared to the pristine SBD. Anyways, "Man Smart" is quite the notch. The crowd is assisting the band in pulling the power out of this "Terrapin." Everyone's desiring a true monster, and that's what they almost get. "Drums/Space" are rather intense; but is it me or are there bits cut out cause if not this is one of the shorter 'Spaces's ever. MY mid-section's wiggling as the opening riff welcomes in a "GDTRFB." Yes, this version rocks... but I can name you 20 from '72 that did harder. "Watchtower" is a dynamic smoker, and Jerry's all over the place... but I think I prefer the Alpine version as far as 'best of' for '87. "Dew" is sensitively played, tenderly sung by Jerry...the crowd applauding his efforts in desperately trying to reach those high timbres. The preceding send-off is delightfully robust. Must listen to 9 & 10 for all fans of sloppy transcendent music. A vigorous "Good Lovin->Bamba->Lovin" closes out the proceedings on a high note.

Further explanation of the show next week.
Reviewer: auerkhan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2005
Subject: The Best
This goes down as the best Dead show I attended. I rememebr the entore Garden bouncing up and down. First set was short, but potent. The second set.........what can I say? Just listen. This show is a must.
Reviewer: smarcus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2005
Subject: What Can I Say???
This was at a point while working for the Grateful Dead that Healy allowed me to plug into the soundboard (Sony WM-D6C) almost every night I was at a show. After the show I had to fly back to SF Bay Area in the early am, I listened to the show twice! I got off the plane drove directly over to David Gans house and told him you've got to put this on immediately! He made a copy and was totally blown away.

This copy is excellent!
Reviewer: PhilPhollower - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2005
Subject: Good Bamba Lovin'
Highlights) Crazy good second set, non-stop jamming, perfect flows from one song to another, and a special treat of Good LovinÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ into La Bamba back into Good LovinÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ and Jerry pulls off the La Bamba lyrics remarkably well. Great 80ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs show, very worthy of a download.
Reviewer: gonzoc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2005
Subject: Dew still stands up
If you like 87, this and 9-19 were the peak (for me, anyway). It's like everything from the welcome back shows through the spring and summer tours, the touchhead phenonemon, Bobby's parlor trick on Letterman, culminated in these two shows in the middle of the MSG run. I understand people have other favorite versions of every tune (my other favorite versions of Dew, btw, are 12-12-73 (at the Omni, btw, for a previous reviewer :p) and 4-1-84), but it's hard to knock this b/c, simply put, it's Jerry at his 87 finest. Guitar playing, singing, "soul," it's all there. And it's the keystone to what was a hell of a night in the Garden. If the end-jam doesn't convince you...oh well.

Yeah, they busted out the La Bamba at Providence at the beginning of the tour (that was a fun night too).
Reviewer: Dstone5553 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2005
Subject: Thunderous
To all eighties fans---One of the best shows of the decade, and probably one of the top three post coma shows. The comment about Garcia's voice cracking (at the end of the Dew) was made by one of the three main writers of deadbase and is completely wrong---I am jealous of whatever drugs he was taking. The first set is short but note for note perfect. The second set starts with the tease of the Shakedown chord during the tune up to which the crowd absolutely EXPLODES. You can dl the tune up with the mattman remaster's shakedown (it's taken from another Board) and it is well worth it--talk about goose bumps. Speaking of physical sensations, the last scream of "I guess it doesn't matter anyway" BEFORE the final solo provokes a catharsis of emotional abandon--the emotional content of Garcia's anguished plea combined with the crowd reaction is not to be believed. I'm from Chicago (in the city) but there is no crowd--outside of a Hampton one--that even exists in the same universe as MSG. The ending to the Dew is well documented and deserving of the legend. Garcia starts playing the la bamba in the middle of Good Lovin and then sings it wonderfully, as he did throughout that tour. Never thought you'd hear him scream "Soy Capitan" to an adoring crowd hugh? It was just one of those nights. It's scary to think of how many there were before Brent's passing that is. In addition, to me, it was the best Heaven's Door they ever did (Frost 5.1.88 is also stunning)--IMHO, this show went a long way in marking his return to full strength. You can fit the first set and post space on one disc if you are only allowed one post 85 CD on your person. One of those very rare modern shows that shreds front to back, and no doubt, one for the ages. I like the mattman remaster cause you feel the crowd next to you but this one is great in a more studio kind of way.
Reviewer: aquanee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2005
Subject: GREAT!!!
GREAT about sums it up. I had a great time at this show, the entire show was great, The Dew was unforgetable, and this recording is great. Greatness all around!!!
PS This is a place to review the show/recording, not a place to review other people's reviews.
Reviewer: Peters - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2005
Subject: first show
This was my first show so the whole thing was awsome for me, the note Jerry hits on Dew blew me and my buddies away, I dont think I ever heard him get that high again and I lost count on shows
Reviewer: boobychew - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2005
Subject: good show, great sound
very clear, full sound, nice tape job.

I love the late 80's candyman's...good garcia peddlework, psychadelic stuff. for me the highlight is not dew, it is the la bamba! sing it jerry...well worth the download, band is tight, rockin and full of energy.
Reviewer: sugarcube - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2005
Subject: What are you talking about?
You must not play the guitar if you think Bobby lacks in any way. He sure wasn't slacking spring '90. You're a dumbass!
Reviewer: SweetPea_Humbee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2005
Subject: Amaizing!!!
Surreal, epic, insanely sick and immaculate! Jerry's realy willing to risk hittin some odd notes to strive to reach those reeealy epic high times. check out the Morning Dew. Thanks Jerry...
Reviewer: Mergz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2005
I just re-discovered this one and I only have the second set but it's played virtually perfectly note for note, even drums / space! especially space; it gets almost New Wave. I even like the Watchtower, which I was never a fan of.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
Subject: bobby
bobby's guitar skills slack? what a jokey smurf......the dude you don't get it, ya just don't get it......everyone in this band was always on ..opinions notwithstanding sorry
Reviewer: f@!^yeah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
Subject: No lo soy marinero. Soy capitan, soy capitan, soy ....
Sometimes I think Jerry's guitar playing got better and better every year of his life and Bobby's guitar playing got worse and worse every year of his life. Sorry Bobby but your guitar skills really slack next to Jerry's.
I still love ya though.
Reviewer: PictureofNectar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
Subject: five star dead show
this show is a complete blast
The GD were so on back in 87'.....La Bamba>lovin>bamba is killer.....get this show
sugaree is always a treat to...dew is dew
Reviewer: jkur - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
Subject: jerry shrugs and widely grins
I was in the 14th row of this show and it was like being in the middle of one of those old Maxell Tape commercials/adverts where the guy gets pasted to the back of his chair by the G-force of the music. After the whole GDTRFB thru La Bomba section....Weir looked at Jerry with this "where the fuck did that come from look" and Garcia just grinned and shrugged ..when I play this show for anyone who has clue they are amazed and demanding a copy before it is finished playing.
Reviewer: donnaruinedthe70s - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2005
Subject: Monster due....
The morning dew on this rocks harder than any version of any song i know of--first dead tape i ever owned--hooked me instantly. if only i could have been passed this tape in 87 instead of 91! has to be heard to be believed. Jerry is schizo during the dew, complete and utter INSANITY!! The GL-LB-GL is a great time. this is a 5 star performance throughout.
Reviewer: fluffdead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2005
Subject: First Show Bliss
This was the start of many amazing nights in my life, to be exact, over 100+ by GD and hundreds more by other artists. As far as The Grateful Dead, this night was a fucking blastoff into the best eight years anyone can ask for 1987-1995. This night was epic in so many ways! Most of which it made me into who I am today. I had been listening to them for years before but this was the night I was first allowed to experience them "LIVE" and boy did they ever deliver. The energy in the building that night still gives me the chills as I write this review. Without a doubt, one of the top five best moments of my life. Pure Bliss! Thank you boys... NOW GO DOWNLOAD IT!
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2005
Subject: Terrapin
alot has been said about this show..but not about the Terrapin. Its about as good as it gets for this era...proud and correct vocals, wonderful playing...and well, its Terrapin. I was at this show, and don't remeber Jerry laughing during the song, but as I listen to it here...I swear he's having trouble controling laughter.

Anyway, the show may be shortish, but the play is inspired. Solid B+ish sound quality. Good Shakedown as well...great jamming, but Jerry blows some lyrics.
Reviewer: powiee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2005
Subject: Auggie must've taken the brown acid
This show gets Five stars because it deserve Five stars not because of a bunch of over amped New York D-Heads think we are the center of the universe, even though we are. The entire show smokes from the rockin' Bucket opener, the soulful Sugaree through one bizarre trippy Birdsong to end the first set.The real treats are delivered post Space. GDTRFB is the best one I ever saw, Weir was coming out of his sneakers during Watchtower, The Dew is Epic, The GL > La Bamba > GL brought The House Down. Later on in their Careers Heavens Door would rightly be disparaged, however this version rips your heart out it is so Good. I didn't even touch upon the Candyman, Masterpiece, or Shakedown. so in conclusion, If you are one of those heads who likes 1980's Dead this is a must have. I would have given thios one six stars but the prompt only whent to five.
Reviewer: Matt M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2005
Subject: This rocked live
I was at this show and while I agree it was not uniformly amazing, the energy was there live. The shakedown had everyone up and rocking from the get go, but the post-space here is memorable. The energy in the good love, la Bamba was awesome and everyone who was there would call it memorable. I actually really like this dew, tho Jer hits one weird not at one of the peaks. His vocals are great.

I actually used the good love/la bamba at my wedding as part of the DJ portion....very accessible to non-heads!
Reviewer: auggie - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2005
Subject: NYC Hype
Good show but not epic in any means. If this show was from the Omni all the NY heads would poo poo it as nice but too short. Since it was from the center of the world it gets those extra stars.

I like the quality but just as a few have said before, it seems to be a bit shy of the X factor especially the Dew. No real great break outs or special tunes either to boost it up to a 5*. There is better out there and go find it hiding in other places.
Reviewer: Mr. Shizzy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2004
Subject: muy bien
necesito un poco de Garcia!!
Reviewer: Trannyman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2004
Subject: Thanks
Many tape collectors had problems over the years finding a correct version of this show, without the pitch issues or just plain bad sound. This is nearly flawless of one of the best shows of the 80's.

Flaws?- Missing first chords of Shakedown, and Space is cut. Otherwise awesome.
Reviewer: RONZNOIZE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2004
Subject: phantastic
i thought this was a great show, lotsa energy great setlist.masterpiece is probably (i.m.h.o.) the best played song in the show.
all the reveiw writing in the world isn't gonna be able to do the kinda justice that this show deserves.
Reviewer: Jeffrey-O - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2004
Subject: Best of 87'
I love this show and I have a feeling that most of you will too! The sound quality is not a 'Ultra Healy MATRIX'. ....Thank God for that! It's better!!! Sounds like a professional mix job!!! Beautiful show! I quess we will never see this show released as an offical release. The show sounds like 4-3-86 quality... Check it out!!
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2004
Subject: Nice
I liked the show but I am sure this was more fun to be at than it plays... It is not that long and while there are moments that approach stellar Jerry backs down like the last verse of dew and la bamba is a little wobbly + the shakedown is good but it does not have that ooomph..... One last note they rely alot on the voice synthesizer and expanders and pyrotechnics rather than general musical substance which became a greater and greater crutch as they moved into superstardom...
Reviewer: GeesLiquid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2004
Subject: Thank you Thank you
I had the second set on tape for years and I listened to it so much that it got damaged. I so glad to get the complete show and be a to listen to it again! The energy of Morning Dew is stellar - one of my alltime favorite shows. Those were the moments in Dead shows that sent a quiver up my spine.
Reviewer: Hamal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2004
Subject: Different Strokes
Although this is a good show (and I was there), it doesn't stick in my memory as being otherwordly, just really good. Listening to it now does not give me chills. This is among the first Birdsongs in which Jerry plays that chordal improv at the end... and the crowd went wild. Shakedown and Terrapin rock. The Dew is very good, and Garcia launches into some ripping lines with little build up, and this one stands out in a year when Dew was overplayed. Garcia's voice has trouble hitting a lot of notes in (at least) the second set. For truly stunning "vocal improvisation," check out the Dew from 6/14/85. That being said, this is a good, solid, energetic performance and an excellent recording.
Reviewer: dcain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2004
Subject: Morning Dew
What is truly memorable about this version is the third time Garcia sings the line "I guess it doesn't matter, anyway," which occurs at about 8:23. It's a stunning bit of vocal improvisation for Garcia, and the kind of thing that would have thrown the crowd into a frenzy. Wish I'd been there. A special moment.

(Note: in the solo that follows these "doesn't matter" lines, instead of seguing into a long period of quietness, Garcia goes right at it. His guitar often sounds biting and sharp, and seems to feed back quite a bit, amidst a flurry of Watchtower-like runs).
Reviewer: micropolyphony - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2004
Subject: DEW
i agree with most of what has been said about this show, however, it would be a disservice to the cornell dew of 77' not to make note. the dew from this show is beautiful, powerful, the final jam is unreal, yet it does not take one quite to the level of heartattack as the cornell dew. in fact, comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges . . . they're both fruit aren't they. okay well how about apples and carrots? back to the point . . . the dew from this show is incredible but the dew from cornell is otherworldly. ahh, now i feel much better. enjoy this tasty treat nonetheless. the whole show truly does cook!
Reviewer: Wesmon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2004
Subject: Worth the hype
I have downloaded a lot of shows here. And I have noticed that the east coasters tend to dominate the reviews here, hyping every decent show they have been to as the best of the year. In reality, some of these shows are good, but some of them are not that great at all.

This show lives up to all the hype. All I can say is, why isn't this show a Dick's Pick?
Reviewer: Charbroiled - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2004
Subject: Great Five Night Run
From Space on this is some of the best Good Old Grateful Dead I saw at MSG or anywhere - The let the beast out - The first night of this run was awesome also can't wait to see it posted - Thanks for all the work guys
Reviewer: DougieFresh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2004
Subject: Yeah, baby!
This is what I've been waiting for since the good admins started posting GD. This is *the* show. Not unlike Cornell, I can find you a better version of each song performed, but very few shows that rock front-to-back so very well. The Dew is everything my fellow reviewers have claimed and more - it really is fantastic. Everything else is tight and sweet; the perfect show for turning on a newbie or satisfying the pickiest old-time Head. This is the only '80s show I need, the only Drums/Space I still spin on the stereo, the only Dew I'd need on a desert island, and it's got Garcia dropping espanol on yo' ass to boot. Get it. Now. Seriously.
Reviewer: delavagus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2004
Subject: Truly
This show is truly one of the greats. Top 10 ever, easily. As others have already pointed out, the "Dew" is awesome -- the best one I've ever heard. (And yes, that includes Cornell.) But don't overlook the truly remarkable "Sugaree" or the many other high points of this stand-out show.
Reviewer: Dent County - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2004
Subject: Do the Dew
All I can say is that Ithica was my favorite Dew... until I heard this one several years back. WOW!!! Jerry hits a wrong note during the crescendo at the end and stays on it forever - for some reason it just brings the whole thing together.

And hearing Jerry sing La Bamba.... fogettaboutit.

Shakedown, Terrapin, and Watchtower are standouts as well.
Reviewer: dose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2004
Subject: Amazing Dew
If you haven't been brainwashed by the Cornell faithful, then you'll agree that this is the best Dew the Dead ever played. Superb sound quality as well.
Reviewer: slipknot73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2004
Subject: Great show!
This is my all time favorite second set ever!! The pre drums is real good, but the post drums is what its all about. Best Watchtower ever, Jerry going nuts, and then the DEW which is by far the #1 Morning Dew ever!!! The buildup at the end is insane, and Jerrys vocals throughout is incredible. Last the Good Lovin>La Bamba>Good Lovin is great. If you never heard this, DL it now!! I promise you wont be dissapointed.
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